The 2014 Ram Cargo Van is unchanged...
The 2014 Ram Cargo Van is a midsize commercial vehicle slotting under the Ram ProMaster and sold only in cargo configuration. Based on the Dodge Grand Caravan, it may eventually be phased out by the coming-for-2015 ProMaster City.
The 2014 Cargo Van is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 producing 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is relatively impressive for such a powerful engine with the EPA rating the Cargo Van at 18/26 mpg city/highway. On the road, the 2014 Cargo Van is better to drive than some of its competitors, especially on the highway where its horsepower advantage is most evident. Additionally, it remains maneuverable in the city and returns good fuel economy despite the V-6 under the hood.
While not as spacious as truck-based commercial vans, the 2014 Ram Cargo Van offers generous space with up to 155.5 cubic feet of space. Features such as the Chrysler Group’s UConnect interface, navigation and a cargo divider are also available with the latter improving the Cargo Van’s flexibility.
The 2014 Ram Cargo Van has a four-star frontal crash safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).
What We Think
The 2014 Ram Cargo Van is a good choice for businesses looking for a small, agile commercial vehicle with a powerful and fuel efficient engine. It offers a flexible cabin and an 1800-pound towing capacity, which expands the Cargo Van’s usability as a work vehicle. In a 2013 Editor’s Notebook review, we said that “the Cargo Van offers the same benefits—good fuel economy, city-friendly maneuverability—but drives a whole lot better on the highway, thanks to its V-6 power.”
Additionally, we also noted that “driving the Cargo Van also serves as a reminder that Chrysler’s recently updated vans are pretty darn good—nicely weighted steering, well-tuned ride, refined and powerful V-6.” The van’s interior is geared toward hauling cargo, which means not much standard including the rearview camera that “is likely the most important feature.”
- V-6 power
- Fuel efficiency
- Good driving dynamics for a commercial vehicle
You Won’t Like
- Not much in terms of creature comforts
- Small UConnect infotainment screen
- Rearview camera is not standard
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